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Get started with Zotero

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Zotero is a reference management tool that helps you collect, organize, cite and share your references. You can use Zotero to create citations in Word, OpenOffice and LibreOffice, and it can easily be used with LaTeX.

Install Zotero

Zotero is free and can be downloaded by anyone. There is an online version and a desktop program. Zotero was designed to be used with Firefox, but also supports other browsers.

Collect references

Zotero makes it easy to collect references and provides you with an icon in the address bar. This imports a reference of the paper, web page, encyclopedia article, etc. you are reading to your library. You can also find books in the library catalogue and import the reference.

Organize your references

When your references have been added to your library, you can sort them into different collections. You can also add notes or keywords to a reference. In addition to this, you can make groups for sharing references with others.

Cite and export

You can use your references in several ways. The function cite gives you a citation in the style of your choice. It is also easy to use Zotero when you write in Word/OpenOffice or use LaTeX/BibLaTeX.

Share and cooperate

The cloud-based solution also makes it simple to share your references with others. This is done by creating a group and administering its members. This way you can easily access the same references and co-write papers.

Zotero on the web hosts the web version of Zotero, software for installation and useful documentation.


Do you want a more thorough Zotero guide? Try this one from Sebastian Karcher and Rintze M. Zelle.


Solveig Isis Sørbø
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